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Volume 9, 2012-2013

Volume 9, 2012-2013

Volume 8, 2011-2012

Volume 8, 2011-2012

Trinity 2011

Trinity 2011












The spacious College Library is an important resource centre, primarily intended to provide undergraduate readers with the books they need for their studies. There is also a separate Law Library with a valuable and increasing collection of legal works. Christ Church Library contains what is probably the largest and richest collection of early printed books and manuscripts in Oxford after the Bodleian Library. Its holdings are of international importance and are particularly rich in music, theology, classics, travel books, numismatics, early science, medicine and Hebrew studies.

Christmas Vacation Opening Hours

Monday 8 th - Friday 12th: 9am – 5pm
Saturday 13 th:    CLOSED
Sunday 14 th: CLOSED

Mon 15 th - Thur 18th: 9am – 5pm
Friday 19 th: 9am – 1pm

Saturday 20 th Dec - Sunday 4 thJan: CLOSED

We reopen on Monday 5th Jan 2015 when our hours will be Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


Mus 979-83: Fully digitized Tudor partbooks available for browsing

Christ Church Library and the Bodleian Library have joined efforts in a new digitization project with the aim of opening up the rich repository of manuscripts and rare early printed books at Christ Church. Over the course of the next few years, thousands of pages from this outstanding collection will be made freely available online to researchers and to the general public.

Ancient and Modern Coins in the Collection of Archbishop Wake

The exhibition re-opened on 15 October 2014. The aim is to present selected works from William Wake's extensive numismatic library, together with original coins, 18th and 19th century casts of coins and electrotypes. Wake's collection contains predominantly ancient coins. He was one of the major 18th century collectors of Greek and Roman coins. However, there is a very interesting section on modern coins and material from it will be part of this exhibition organised in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum.

Christ Church Library Newsletter 

a publication documenting and interpreting aspects of the collection
ISSN 1756-6797 (Print), ISSN 1756-6800 (Online).

Contents this issue:
♦ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: The 150 Anniversary
♦ The Provenance of Hebrew MS 199
♦ Robert Burton: The Melancholy Librarian
♦ C.L. Woolley: Digging for Burton in the Library
♦ Aldrich, Tallis and Playing without Barlines
♦ Peckwater Quad's London Connection
♦ Young Thomas Wolsey
♦ The Real Alice and the Common Room Cat
♦  Antiquarian Cataloguing and Proofreading
♦  Digitizing Manuscripts at Christ Church

Among the contributors: Edward Wakeling, Jeremy Pfeffer, J.B. Bamborough, John Wing, Dean Jobin Bevans, Laurence Dryfus, Richard Faircliff, Peter Eley, Janet McMullin, David Stumpp and Cristina Neagu.

The Viscount Portal Papers

Letters and memoranda exchanged during the war, both between Viscount Portal, Churchill and the principal RAF commanders. This collection presents those wartime papers which Portal had collated and subsequently bequeathed to his former college in Oxford. Detailed lists of contents are available online.


Please note that visiting readers will not necessarily be able to access the library's wifi network. Readers from other academic institutions should be able to use Eduroam (please ensure that this is set up before you leave your home institution). Anyone else who knows he/she will require internet access should inform us of this in advance of a visit.





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